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This means the spirit of the dragon and tiger. It speaks to the vitality and vigor that is the nature of these two creatures.
Beyond "spirit," the second two characters can also mean mind, soul, or heart. Therefore, you can also say this means "Heart of the Dragon and Tiger," etc.
This is often titled as "Ryukoseishin" in many Japanese martial arts.
The meaning of 藏龍臥虎 is that both the tiger and dragon have amazing talents, but if they are out of view, you may not have discovered them.
This old Chinese idiom/proverb is appropriate for someone with amazing ability that keeps that ability hidden.
You might think this title is in reverse, but actually, this is the original Chinese proverb.
The movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon popularized this alternate version.
This is an old proverb that is used to wish someone great health and success combined as a great compliment.
The meaning is "The vigor and spirit of the legendary dragon-horse, and the power and prestige of the tiger."
By giving a wall scroll like this to someone, you were either wishing or telling them that they have these qualities. There is also a suggestion of good health - at least anyone with the vigor of a dragon horse, would seem to also be in good health.
臥虎藏龍 is the movie title of the Kung Fu epic that was very popular in the west a few years back.
This is actually a re-ordering of an ancient Chinese proverb that refers to undiscovered talents.
The movie was one of the most popular Chinese foreign films to ever debut in the USA but received a lukewarm reception in China.
Note: This can be pronounced in Korean but it's not a commonly used term.
龍蛇虎豹鶴 is a list of the Chinese characters for the five animals of Shaolin Kung Fu in a comfortable order (meaning that they are in the proper order and will simply "feel right" to a Chinese person who views this arrangement).
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your dragon tiger search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| gokeiken / gokeken ごけいけん
|| (martial arts term) Wu Xing Fist; Five Form Fist (Dragon, Snake, Tiger, Crane, Leopard)
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Wu Xing Fist
| cáng lóng wò hǔ / cang2 long2 wo4 hu3
ts`ang lung wo hu / tsang lung wo hu
| lit. hidden dragon, crouching tiger (idiom); fig. talented individuals in hiding; concealed talent
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Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger
| wò hǔ cáng lóng / wo4 hu3 cang2 long2
wo hu ts`ang lung / wo hu tsang lung
| lit. hidden dragon, crouching tiger (idiom); fig. talented individuals in hiding; concealed talent; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, movie by Ang Lee 李安[Li3 An1]
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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
| sì xiàng / si4 xiang4
shishou / shisho ししょう
| four divisions (of the twenty-eight constellations 二十八宿[er4 shi2 ba1 xiu4] of the sky into groups of seven mansions), namely: Azure Dragon 青龍|青龙[Qing1 long2], White Tiger 白虎[Bai2 hu3], Vermilion Bird 朱雀[Zhu1 que4], Black Tortoise 玄武[Xuan2 wu3]
four images; four symbols; four emblems; four phenomena; four phases; (given name) Shishou
| lǐ ān / li3 an1
| Ang Li (1954-), Taiwanese-American film director (films include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 臥虎藏龍|卧虎藏龙 and Brokeback Mountain 斷背山|断背山)
| ryuuko / ryuko りゅうこ
| dragon and tiger; two mighty rivals; (surname) Ryuuko; (surname) Tatsutora
| lóng hǔ / long2 hu3
ryuuko / ryuko りゅうこ
| outstanding people; water and fire (in Daoist writing)
dragon and tiger; two mighty rivals; (surname, female given name) Ryuuko; (surname) Tatsutora
| shí èr shòu / shi2 er4 shou4
shih erh shou
| The twelve animals for the "twelve horary branches" with their names, hours, and the Chinese transliterations of their Sanskrit equivalents; v. 大集經 23 and 56. There are also the thirty-six animals, three for each hour. The twelve are: Serpent 蛇 巳, 9-11 a.m. 迦若; Horse 馬午, 11-1 noon 兜羅; Sheep 羊未, 1―3 p.m. 毘梨支迦; Monkey 猴申, 3-5 p.m. 檀尼毘; Cock 鶏酉, 5-7 p.m. 摩迦羅; Dog 大戌, 7-9 p.m. 鳩槃; Boar 豕亥, 9-11 p.m.彌那; Rat 鼠子, 11-1 midnight 彌沙; Ox 牛丑 1-3 a.m. 毘利沙; Tiger (or Lion) 虎寅, 3―5 a.m. 彌倫那; Hare 兎卯, 5-7 a.m. 羯迦吒迦; Dragon 龍辰, 7-9 a.m 絲阿.
| shā hǔ zhǎn jiāo / sha1 hu3 zhan3 jiao1
sha hu chan chiao
| lit. to kill the tiger and behead the scaly dragon
| shēng lóng huó hǔ / sheng1 long2 huo2 hu3
sheng lung huo hu
| lit. lively dragon and animated tiger (idiom); fig. vigorous and lively
| pán lóng wò hǔ / pan2 long2 wo4 hu3
p`an lung wo hu / pan lung wo hu
| lit. coiled dragon, crouching tiger (idiom); fig. talented individuals in hiding; concealed talent
| lóng zhēng hǔ dòu / long2 zheng1 hu3 dou4
lung cheng hu tou
| lit. the dragon wars, the tiger battles (idiom); fierce battle between giants
| lóng téng hǔ yuè / long2 teng2 hu3 yue4
lung t`eng hu yüeh / lung teng hu yüeh
| lit. dragon soaring and tiger leaping (idiom); fig. prosperous and bustling; vigorous and active
| ryuukonoarasoi / ryukonoarasoi りゅうこのあらそい
|| (exp,n) well-matched contest; fight between a dragon and a tiger
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|The Spirit of Dragon and Tiger||龍虎精神|
|ryu ko sei shin|
|lóng hǔ jīng shén
long2 hu3 jing1 shen2
long hu jing shen
|lung hu ching shen
|Hidden Dragon Crouching Tiger||藏龍臥虎|
|cáng lóng wò hǔ
cang2 long2 wo4 hu3
cang long wo hu
|ts`ang lung wo hu
tsang lung wo hu
|The Spirit of the Dragon Horse, the Power of a Tiger.||龍馬精神虎虎生威|
|lóng mǎ jīng shén hǔ hǔ shēng wēi
long2 ma3 jing1 shen2 hu3 hu3 sheng1 wei1
long ma jing shen hu hu sheng wei
|lung ma ching shen hu hu sheng wei|
|Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon||臥虎藏龍|
|wò hǔ cáng lóng
wo4 hu3 cang2 long2
wo hu cang long
|wo hu ts`ang lung
wo hu tsang lung
|Dragon Snake Tiger
|ryuu hebi tora hyou tsuru|
ryu hebi tora hyo tsuru
|lóng shé hǔ bào hè
long2 she2 hu3 bao4 he4
long she hu bao he
|lung she hu pao ho
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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